“God- The Holy Spirit…..”

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But you shall receive power when the Holy spirit has come upon you:
and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and all Judea and Samaria,
and the end of the earth.” Acts 1 : 8

Something happened in an upper room in Jerusalem  nearly 2,000 years ago,
that launched the outreach of the ‘message’ from Jerusalem-
and right down to the ends of the world.
Before Jesus left His disciples, He promised He would send
The Comforter- The Holy Spirit.

Then the disciples  with the women
and Mary the mother of Jesus and His brothers
– the number was about one hundred and twenty people
gathered in an upper room in Jerusalem just as Jesus asked them to do
-so that they would receive the Holy Spirit.
They continued in one accord with prayer and supplication.
And the Holy Spirit like tongues of fire came down on them- resting on their heads.
And they were given power to heal and teach and preach in ‘tongues’
and all manner of miracles.

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The “Holy Spirit” –
He is like ‘water‘- cleansing, refreshing, abundant and freely given.
He is like ‘fire’ – purifying, illuminating and searching.
He is like the ‘wind’ – independent, powerful, observable in its efforts.
He is like ‘oil’ – healing, comforting, penetrating, reducing friction and troubled waters.
He is like the ‘rain and dew‘  –  refreshing and abundant.
He is like a ‘dove’ – gentle, peaceful, innocent, forgiving,
And like a ‘seal‘ – impressing, securing and having authority.
The Holy Spirit is like a ‘voice’.  Before this event-
‘The Holy Spirit’ communicated to the people through Prophets.
He is  the third part of the God Head –
Speaking in a ‘still small voice’ to us today.

As Elijah hid in a cave – he heard God through a “still, small voice’.
He also experienced an earthquake,
a wild raging tempest and a sweeping mass of flame.
It was also the same when God met with Moses
and when he gave him the “Commandments”- there was thunder,
lightening, the sound of the trumpet and smoke on the mountain.

What are the characteristics of the Holy Spirit –
HE is more than a power or an influence. He is a person-
He was at creation- “The Spirit of God hovering over the face of the waters” {Genesis 1:2}
Christ comments – “He will teach you all things.”{John 14:26}
“But you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”{v 17}

At Jesus’ baptism God clearly manifested Himself in ‘three persons’
– the Father spoke from heaven;
Jesus stood in the River Jordan;
and the holy Spirit descended in the form of a dove. {Matthew 3: 16-17}
The Holy Spirit knows the things of man and of God.
He has power to distribute “spiritual gifts.”

Because He is a Person-
He has the capacity to be grieved, lied to-
He can teach, to know and to will.
The Father and Son sent the Holy Spirit
to plead with us to repent and accept eternal life.

“And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,
by whom we were sealed for the day of redemption.” Ephesians 4:30

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“Christ’s Ascension to Heaven….”

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” …… This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven,
shall so come in like manner as you saw you go into heaven.”  Acts 1 : 11

Jesus spent forty days with his disciples after His resurrection.
He spoke to them about the kingdom of God.
He commissioned them  to bear testimony to the things which they had heard and seen.
He warned them that they would be persecuted and distressed,
but they would find comfort in the words he had spoken to them.
He gave them the power to work miracles.
Their lives could not be taken  until their mission was accomplished.

He gave them the “Promise” of   John 14: 1-4.  {As above}
His words sank deep into their hearts and they were saddened that they soon will be parted
Their hearts were warmed with love and joy- at this promise.
“He will send the Comforter, The Holy Spirit, to guide them into all truth.”
And he lifted up His hands and blessed them.”  Luke 24:50.

After that He was parted from them and taken up into Heaven.
As He led the way upwards-
the multitude who were raised at His resurrection followed Him.
A multitude of angels were with them escorting them to the City of God.

As the disciples gazed towards heaven to see their Lord ascending –
two angles clothed in white stood by them.
They assured them that He will come back in like manner.
The disciples and the mother of Jesus witnessed the ascension of the Son of God-
spent time talking about the glorious events of that day.

We have the same “Promise” today. Jesus has gone to prepare Mansions for us
– and He will come and take us there.
That where He is we will also be with Him.
“Draw near to Him and He will draw nigh to you”

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” Faith Can make a Brain Change…”.

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Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith,
who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross,
despising the shame,
and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Hebrews 12 : 2

There is a saying that goes- “Give us a child until he is 7 years old,
and you can have him the rest of his life.”
They realize that the first years of a child’s life
make impressions that lasts a lifetime.
What goes into a child’s brain is crucial since by age 7
the human brain attains 90% of its adult weight.

There is a belief that – “electron media;
fast-paced lifestyles;  unstable family patterns;
environmental hazards- seem to be changing not only the way
children think but also actual changes brain structure.
Perhaps the greatest factors in thinking habits- comes from
television viewing; computer games and peer pressure.
          {Jane Hayly Endangered Minds;}

If seeing and doing can change a brain – then for the adult
a new-birth experience is possible as well.
The difference is who or what we fix our attention on.
Godly and satanic influences try to influence and get our attention.
So how is it possible to be changed?

Just seek Jesus daily– through reading and meditation.
Pray for our desire to be more like Jesus- and less like the world.
Taking decisive steps –  His will and way for us.
Our decision to focus on Jesus is a specific act on our own part.
Fasten our attention on Him-  Let the Holy Spirit begin a lifelong process
of changing our minds – by our thinking and doing.

Dedicated Christians are a mystery to society.
They are accused of thinking and acting differently to the world loving people.
Thank God for instructing us- ‘to look at Him.’
By doing so we can be changed into the likeness of Christ.

 We are what we decide to focus on-  Fix your eyes on Him.

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Wishing – You -” A Happy Mother’s Day!”…

I Dedicate This To All My Wonderful Family Mothers’ and Friends.

May You Have A Blessed Day Today.

  Numbers 6:24-26

24  The Lord bless you, and keep you;                                     

 25  The Lord make His face shine on you,
and be gracious to you;

 26  The Lord lift up His countenance on you,
And give you peace.’

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MOTHER’S  LOVE.
“Mum, thanks for praying for me today. It really made
a difference!”
How blessed it is for Mother’s to pray for your children.
Thank you ‘Mother’s” for what you do in your homes –
one of love and laughter, fun and prayer.
God makes your heart joyful, generous, giving, happy
and unselfish. He enables Mother’s to focus on and live
out your priorities.
God  provides what you need to go the extra mile for
your family.
It is not an easy assignment, but
Philippians 4:13 promises that —
“you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.”
Praise God for “Mother’s today-  !
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“My Grace Is Sufficient….”…..

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“And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you,
for power is perfected in weakness.”
Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weakness,
that the power of Christ may dwell in me.”
2 Corinthians 12 : 9

God works in unexpected and in different ways
to bring- and keep- His children close beside Him.

Paul’s description of his ‘thorn in his flesh’ is an unusual testimony.
Ellen G White tells us that he- “was ever to carry about with him in the body
the marks of Christ’s  glory, in his eyes,
which had been blinded by the heavenly light.”
Three times he pleaded for the Lord to remove his problem,
but the Lord always answered-“No.”
So Paul accepted his ‘thorn’ in the flesh as a way of understanding
the life and work of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The apostle states that his constant
problem kept him from exalting himself.
His revelation from the Lord could have easily made him
proud and independent of God’s guidance.

Ellen White – had a similar experience.
Her ‘thorn’ was not partial blindness, but recurrent sickness.
When she received her first vision- her fear was of self-exaltation.
Her angel told her, “Your prayers are heard, and answered.
If this evil threatens  you, the hand of God will be stretched out to you;
By affliction He will draw you to himself-
and preserve your humility.” {Life Sketches, p 72}

Difficult for us to accept such a concept?
When affliction comes, perhaps it may be for our own good.
Pain can be to the body what ‘thorny trials’
are to our spiritual life.
Look upon trials as a means God can use to turn your “scars into stars.”

I want to thank the Lord –
for both the good and bad things that are sent into my life.
I pray that He will help me- in transforming my ‘scars into stars’.

May we be accepting – and blessed by our trials-
and be strengthened  – as we put out faith and trust in God.

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HAPPY SABBATH

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